Monthly snapshot releases of CyanogenMod 11 are now available for many popular devices, after the CM team kicked off the rollout of the monthly snapshot release CM11 M2.
Monthly snapshots are intermediary releases between nightlies and release candidates aimed at users that want early access to new features and bug fixes, but don’t want to live on the bleeding edge of nightly builds. In general, these CyanogenMod builds are stable enough for daily usage, though bugs still make it through, which is why is good to apply some caution before flashing. Also, as with any work in progress, some features may be missing.
CyanogenMod 11 is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and incorporates a number of features developed by the CM team such as screencasting and the secure messaging service WhisperPush. The first monthly snapshots for CM11 were released for Nexus devices almost a month ago, but now users of devices from Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Motorola, and other OEMs can join in the fun. According to a blog post on the Cyanogen blog, the build is rolling out for 65 devices – at the time of this writing, M2 snapshots were available for about 50 devices, with the rest due to hit the download servers in the following hours. Nexus devices, various versions of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4, HTC One, LG G2 and other high-profile devices are all on the download portal.
The CyanogenMod team has not released a changelog for the CM11 M2 build, other than: “We’ve been working on bugs, device bringup, porting over features, and working on new features – all included in these builds.”
If you want to go ahead with the CM11 M2 release for your device, you will need root access and a custom recovery like ClockworkMod; in addition, you will have to install the Google apps package from here. Happy flashing!